Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Girls weekend away 17-19 March

Hmm been so busy lately with packing that blogging has become not even secondary but tertiary on the list. What with garage sale this weekend, hubby sick, packing, organising changes in work, finishing off patient's treatment plans and referring those that I can't see before next thursday to my bosses here or to relavant specialists, writing referral letters ! Eek stress is reaching boiling point. Err thankfully stress relieved with Mario Kart double dash on the game cube. *cough*

Anyway here are some pics taken at a girls weekend away with some women from work a few weekends ago. It seems like a lifetime but thankfully we always have photos to remind us. These pics were mostly taken on the last day and will elaborate more on that later but quickly, our itenarary was:
Fri night - picked up people after everone dashed home after work for bags and goodbye kisses. girls helped themselves to beer brought along in coolers as I could only drink diet red bull being the driver :P to them. Stopped at Red rooster (aussie fast food chicken chain) in lithgow for dinner. Girls added scotch to the bottles of coke bought at fast food chain, pile into car and continue sipping. !!!
Arrived Sydney at 11 pm, settled into rooms, elected one room and brought munchies and grog there. chatted until 1:30 am. Went back to respective rooms and chatted more until 3 am Zzzz
Saturday-Morning walk to Bondi Beach (sorry forgot camera pics on linkpage!) had brunch there, browsed markets, stopped at pub. Hmmm I think these country girls have a theme going on here. Got in car drove to suburb of Paddington with swish markets more expensive artsy stuff. S and I browsed and were called on my mobile (cell) phone by D and B who had (surprise surprise) found another pub, the Elephant and Wheelbarrow. We met them there after perusing all the interesting decorative items, homewares and jewellery at the markets. This was an extremely English style pub. With leather lounges and wooden bar counters. (Check out the website and you'll get the idea)Went back, freshened up and went to big Johns for dinner. Two of us tried to share the seafood platter for 2 ($99) but it took up the whole table! Had to pack more than half of it home. It had a dozen oysters done in different styles, a dozen bbqed bay bugs, a whole snapper, 2 kgs of bbqed octopus, about a kg of crumbed calamari. Our tummies were quite sore trying to demolish the mountain of seafood in front of us. Clare of Eatstuff has a good review written up of the place here.

Sunday morning-packed up, went to pancakes on the rocks for breakfast. It serves a pretty mean American style breakfast with sausages, eggs, bacon etc. in different combinations served with really nice thick, fluffy buttermilk pancakes. I have never had pancakes this way elsewhere in Australia. The quality is similar to IHOP, but less greasy. It has a 24 hour menu so I actually chose a dessert one (bananarama) as I didn't feel like a greasy breakfast after all that seafood last night.

After breakfast it was surprise surprise more shopping as we perused the rocks weekend markets. I am not sure why this area of Sydney, close to the harbour is called the rocks. It has many beautiful old buildings though. Here you see the markets all set up and busy.
The back alleys are full of cobblestone path areas crammed with little shops and nooks and crannys to explore.

I snuck away just down the road for photos of this famous icon, taken from the opposite side of the cove. You can also see a ship called the bounty in the foreground which has a floating restaurant.

Another famous icon, the harbour bridge taken from the rocks. The warehouses you can see peeking out the back face the water.

Here are the warehouses lined up. They are now restaurants and very expensive ones at that too!

After that we went to ikea for a "quick" stop. It was meant to be an hour but 3 hours and a matress top, eggslicer, squeegee, CD boxes, etc etc. later, we conceeded defeat and decided we had to return. It was a good experience to go away and spend time with people you normally associate with work and it was quite enjoyable.

8 Comments:

At 2:23 AM, Blogger KirkK said...

Hi Rachel - hope the Hubby feels better soon! Great photos, sound like you had a really good time.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger RON said...

those streets looks so clean, you could almost eat on them. Aren't, they?

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend!

And The Rocks is so called because of the abundance of sandstone in the area, which was used for many of Sydney's gorgeous buildings.

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Flatfeet said...

Rachel jie, no stress ok?? It's gonna be over real soon in no time on the moving ;p WAH u ate so much when u came over..but the seafood platter sounds REAL yummy.But most importantly, you did enjoy ya day with the girlies. heh heh.

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

hey kirk! Hubby is on the mend but I think I am catching his bug now
:(

Ron, lol I never really noticed but yes I guess they are pretty clean. Not all parts of Sydney are like that though :)

Thanks for stopping by Helen! And thank you for that bit of background for us.

Flatfeet if you like seafood Will take you there sometime!

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger RON said...

"those streets looks so clean...."

opps....I forgot all about you being from Singapore, where I've heard that the streets are spanking clean, due to stricter laws.

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Flatfeet said...

Ron, that's true. If you get caught littering in singapore, you probably end up getting spank or fined or both.

Rach: i just had duck noodles soup at Paramatta!! Very yummy ;p

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

hehe Flatfeet, some people might like the spanking!!

Well Ron, you should actually take a look at the nations capital, Canberra. Those streets look too good to be true and it has many lakes and fountains everywhere ... like some sort of modern xanadu.

 

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